HUMMUS SOUP WITH RICE – 20 MINUTE DINNER

Hummus soup with rice
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Hummus soup that has rice in it and served with some bread to mop up the leftover soup, what a sumptuous dinner! And, if that dinner can be put on the table in a matter of 20 minutes? Yes, please! Life is full of surprises. I came to US for the very first time in April (not April of this year! Duh! Another year, another April from the past). That particular year I came in, there was no extended winter or extremely wet springs. An era before all the effects of global warming (ok, ok, I tend to exaggerate. Not an… Continue reading

VAL BEAN STIR FRY | AVAREKAI USALI

Avarekai Usali
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My trips to the grocery store are marked with me picking up anything that looks fresh, most of which I recognize from when my mom used to make them for me.  I have to be honest though. I really do not know the names of some veggies and greens and I don’t even bother to look at the placards! I just know they taste good and they are fresh and they are healthy. Out of habit, I picked up these beans, cooked them and decided to share the recipe. That’s when it hit me “I have no clue what it… Continue reading

GARLIC LEMON SOUP WITH SRIRACHA BOMBS

Garlic Lemon Soup with Sriracha Bombs
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Have this bowl of Garlic lemon soup with sriracha bombs and you will be bidding winter adieu before you finish the bowl because your senses will be set on fire! The last week brought with it to Texas bright sunshine, temperature in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a breeze and the beginning of blooming flowers. Yep! It was spring and smiles until… the winter storm that started yesterday! L  I know that most of you have been experiencing a very long winter this year and I have designed a “weapon”! A weapon to fight winter! I am naming my… Continue reading

OVEN ROASTED OKRA | BHINDI MASALA

Oven Roasted Okra
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Oven Roasted Okra?? Something this simple is my post when the whole world is going gaga over how to make elaborate Thanksgiving meals and how to use the Thanksgiving leftovers in new ways? Hmmm… In that case who’s going to cater to the needs of the weary cook who wants to whip up something in a jiffy? So, I decided to post the recipe for this quick and easy oven roasted okra! Now, forget everything I said. Its Bull Fudge. I was too lazy to take pictures of my dishes (the weary cook part holding true) and was busy putting… Continue reading

BOMBAY SANDWICH | MOM’S CHUTNEY SANDWICH

Bombay Sandwich for teatime
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Bombay sandwich from the good ol’ days before grilled cheese-s, Paninis and subs; just how mom made it with a generous application of creamy homemade butter, minty green chutney and fresh cucumbers and tomatoes. Did your face just break into a smile? Yes! Mine did as I was typing it too! 🙂 Have you ever made up ridiculous stories about true facts? Like this one; long, long ago, when my dad was driving our reliable Maruti Omni (popularly known as the Maruti van), my brother and I were proudly occupying the rear seat.  Proud? But, of course!  We were in… Continue reading

CORN KOFTAS IN A SPINACH CURRY

Corn Kofta Curry
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These corn koftas that I made from fresh corn and then dunked into a creamy spinach curry is probably one of the best curries that I have created even though I had never heard of it before! Ummm… Let me go back, this is one of the best curries ever. Period. 😀 Did my introduction sound like I was trying hard to sell the corn kofta curry? Because, let me tell you, this curry, once in your mouth needs no selling mister! You just have to stop yourself from licking your fingers at the dinner table 😛   Sitting in… Continue reading

ORANGE CAULIFLOWER–A VEGETARIAN’S ORANGE CHICKEN

Orange Cauliflower
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This recipe for Orange Cauliflower is a vegetarian’s solution to the apparently amazing Orange chicken that is available at Panda Express. A sweet and sour (tending towards sweet) sauce flavored with freshly squeezed orange juice… new realms of joy! Blogging has been a roller-coaster ride for me. I know I know. Life itself is a roller-coster ride and the one who meets ups and downs with the same gusto emerges the winner. Blah blah blah! The meeting with same gusto thing is much easier said than done especially for someone like me who explodes with emotions at the drop of… Continue reading

BROCCOLI TOFU SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE

Broccoli Tofu Salad
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Fiber and protein and a liberal dose of juicy red pomegranate deliciousness is what you get from this Broccoli Tofu Salad. Whether you are trying a new detox salad diet or you want to eat salads because the summer heat makes the thought of heavy food revolting, this broccoli tofu salad is just the thing for you! The other day, I received an email from a reader thanking for a cauliflower recipe and how she had never cooked a cauliflower before. Like ever! Growing up, we had so much cauliflower at home, ate them as street-food from hawkers, ate them… Continue reading

KADAI PANEER, GRAVY-STYLE

Kadai Paneer gravy
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Kadai Paneer? Yes, I get it but what is gravy style, you ask. While most of my Indian friends would understand this term, it could be a bit misleading to my non-Indian friends. No, this kadai paneer recipe is not made from the juices of meat from cooking (it couldn’t be farther from reality :P), but the word gravy here means a thick stew-like consistency. So, gravy style karahi/kadai paneer gravy does not mean non vegetarian stocks and flavors but just that it is non-dry kadai paneer; gravy being just another “proudly” Indian-ized English word 😛 For a person who… Continue reading

MINI VADA PAV BITES

Vada Pav Bites
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Vada Pav bites, a young and peppier version of the old, not so great looking but very tasteful (read tasty) Vada Pav! Perfect for a party or portion control or just to add some variety in life, these mini vada pav bites will adorn your platters and please both your heart and tummy. All I am reading about is about the Royal child who just arrived. Every newspaper, every website and all the news channels have just one thing to report, “the duke and the dutchess of Cambridge welcome their tiny angel into this world”. Ah well, she’s precious! 🙂… Continue reading